Menorca enjoys a slightly milder climate than the other Balearic Islands and so its landscape is more green and lush. The natural beauty of S’Albufera des Grau coastal nature reserve is well worth visiting to explore the wetlands and scrub of this protected area as well as the ancient Talayotic and Roman ruins that are scattered throughout the reserve. Climb Monte Toro, the highest mountain in the Balearics standing at 358 metres tall for fantastic panoramic coast to coast views across the Island and visit the nuns who live in a convent at the very top.
The stunning scenery of Menorca is well worth visiting in itself however there are plenty of man made sights that you must see as well. The Ciutadella Cathedral is one of the largest in the world, built in the 14th century, featuring Catalan-Gothic architecture. It owes its fortress like appearance to the Spanish civil war and features intricate stone carvings and decorations throughout including a collection of gargoyles.
The Xoriguer Gin Distillery is a must see to discover how the famous Xoriguer Gin is made and stock up on the special lemon flavoured Pomada gin for which Menorca is famous. You can take a tour around the 18th century distillery and watch the whole process in action, sampling the Gin and other spirits as you go along, you can also buy your favourites in the distillery shop
Menorca also has evidence of its ancient past with an abundance of prehistoric ruins of villages and temples as well as fortresses and towers from the Spanish Civil War. The Torre de’en Gaumes, is the biggest prehistoric village in the Balearics and well worth visiting to appreciate the ancient history of the island. Whilst the mysterious Naveta dels Tudons is an ancient burial chamber shaped like the overturned bow of the ship. Dated at around 1500BC, it is the only construction of its kind and many myths exist surrounding its existence.
For an all round experience of Menorca’s history and culture visit the Museu de Menorca where you will find an intriguing collection of Roman, Byzantine, Arabic and Talayotic articfacts as well as prehistoric items all housed in the remains of an old Fransiscan monestary.
Fun Seekers in Menorca
The town centers of Mahon and Ciutadella are the main shopping districts in Menorca. The quality and vast choice of shops means that you are sure to find everything you are looking for from fabric and leather to pretty jewellery and ceramics. The markets in Mahon and Ciutadella are also great for buying local produce including fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.
If you don’t feel like spending the days trailing round the shops then there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy instead. The many beaches along the coast of Menorca are the perfect location to try your hand at any of the huge range of water sports on offer. With facilities for parasailing, pedaloes, snorkeling, waterskiing, sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing among others. Away from the beaches there are also facilities for cricket, tennis, bowling, squash, horse riding and golf so you will never be bored!
The nightlife in Menorca is a little quieter than the neighbouring Island’s of Majorca and Ibiza but is by no means disappointing. The main hub of activity focuses around the centre of Mahon, the capital of Menorca. It has a vast choice of bars and tavernas if you fancy a cocktail, sangria or even just a pint. There is also plenty of live evening entertainment to be found in the main resort hotels.
For good food there is lots of choice from Spanish tapas bars to gourmet restaurants. Most restaurants serve international cuisine mixed with local dishes so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The best restaurants are found in the main resort areas, along the seafront and in the centre of Mahon.
Family Fun in Menorca
The relaxed atmosphere of Menorca makes it a popular choice with families. The Island has well over a 100 beaches and coves which is more than the other Balearic Islands put together! Most beaches are well served with lifeguards and are surrounded by a vast supply of amenities so there is always somewhere to grab a drink, buy a postcard or grab a new bucket if your old one gets a hole in it. Kids will love to spend their days playing on the back, building sandcastles and jumping over gentle turquoise waves while Mum and Dad can lie back and relax with a book.
The beaches are also great for water sports where you can try your hand at almost anything from snorkeling to windsurfing for beginners and experts so everyone can have a go.
If you fancy some watery fun without the sand them Los Delfines Aquapark is the perfect place for you. With pools and rides including a giant toboggan, adventure river and hydrotubes as well as sun loungers a shop and café, the kids are sure to be begging you to let them spend the whole holiday here.
There are plenty of activities to take part in away from the pool though, play at being Tiger Woods on one of the many crazy golf courses, try go-karting if you feel the need for speed or take a pony or donkey ride along the beach.
Activities in Menorca
Top Tours in Menorca:
Aqua Rock Water Park Excursion
Enjoy water activities at Aqua Rock, a popular water park in Menorca...
Fornells Village Sightseeing
Take a trip to the pretty fishing village of Fornells in Menorca and sample delicious lobster stew...
Ciutadella Sightseeing Tour
On this sightseeing tour of Ciutadella, visit Monte Toro, Menorca's highest peak...
Mahon Market Shopping Tour
Choose from a variety of impressive souvenirs at the Mahon Market on this shopping tour...
Don Juan Catamaran Cruise in Menorca
Sail in a glass bottom catamaran in Menorca and enjoy views of the underwater life...
Romantic Breaks in Menorca
Famed for its white sand and clear waters, Menorca is a popular destination for couples looking for a relaxing romantic break. Pull up a sun lounger and laze away your days on the beach, sipping a cocktail and enjoying each other’s company. For more privacy you could seek out one of Menorca’s many secret beaches and hidden coves for a blissful afternoon with only your loved one and the turquoise lapping ocean for company
If you want to experience the sights of traditional Spanish towns then you can while away the days exploring the Moorish Ciutadella and the beautiful buildings and Georgian townhouses of Mahon.
The harbour in Mahon is the perfect location for a romantic meal with many cafes and luxurious restaurants to choose from along the seafront so you can watch the sea gently lap at the shore while you enjoy some traditional Spanish cuisine such as paella or lobster.
To finish off a perfect evening why not head to the stables and go horse riding at dusk along a quiet beach and ride off into the sunset.
Menorca’s most famous dish is Lobster stew which is served in most restaurants and well worth a try for an authentic taste of Spain.
Locally produced wine, Binifadet, has just made it into the list of top Spanish wines. Visit the vineyard and try it for yourself!
Cost of a pint of beer:£1.80